Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is on NFL concussion protocol, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel said at a news conference Monday.
The announcement comes a day after Tagovailoa played the entire game as the Dolphins lost to the Green Bay Packers. It’s the second time this season the 24-year-old quarterback has been on concussion protocol.
It also comes several months after he was in the spotlight for apparent head injuries and the league and players’ union agreed to update protocol – the NFL’s policies for evaluating and treating players. who suffer a concussion.
McDaniel said Monday afternoon that he only found out “a few hours ago” that Tagovailoa had symptoms of a concussion and was placed on league protocol by medical personnel. He couldn’t identify a moment in Sunday’s game where Tagovailoa could have been injured.
It’s unclear if Tagovailoa will be available to play against the New England Patriots this week, the coach said.
“I care very deeply about every player,” McDaniel said. “I take it seriously, so I just want him to be healthy and have peace of mind in that regard. It’s first and foremost, and then, whatever the circumstances, you deal with it after. It’s about the human being and making sure they’re squared.
Tagovailoa was also diagnosed with a concussion on September 29 after being sacked in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Tagovailoa lay motionless on the pitch for several minutes before being placed on a board and stretcher. He missed the team’s next two games.
That concussion came days after Tagovailoa suffered an apparent head injury and was later cleared to continue playing in a game against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 25.
A concussion is a brain injury that occurs after a blow to the head causes the organ inside the skull to move back and forth. But even after the brain itself has stopped shaking, there may be changes in the organ.
In October, Tagovailoa said he didn’t remember being taken off the pitch in the September 29 game.
“Getting swept away – I don’t remember that,” he said. “But I remember the things that were happening when I was in the ambulance and then when I got to the hospital.”
He called the process of going through the protocol stressful.
“But this is all done for player safety and I’m glad I was able to go through these things to understand more about concussion agreements, and you know, the effects, long-term, short-term, of things like I thought it was great that I was able to go through this process and be cleared,” Tagovailoa said at the time.
The Dolphins sit seventh and last in the AFC playoffs, one game ahead of the Patriots. The Dolphins still have two weeks left in their regular season.